As I start to write this, I cannot help but feel my hands shaking, I guess it's because a dream I had since the age of fourteen seems to finally be sliding into place and becoming a reality. September 28th 2013, my first lesson on my current course, BA Film, Lucy Leake, our lecturer asked everyone why they were there and my answer was simple; 'because I have spent my whole life being told I couldn't'. That statement still remains the same to this day, every day I look to achieve more than I did the day before, always looking for ways to improve myself not only as a person but as a professional. You see, for me, teaching isn't just about standing in front of a group of people, spilling out your knowledge to help them achieve their desired targets. Teaching is an art, it requires care, craft and a willing mind. Sometime during lessons, I walk out the room and look in on my class from outsideand I picture myself standing up their talking to so many inspired minds and I can't help but smile at maybe that being me one day. I want to teach because I want to give back to others what my teachers have spent years giving to me and that's the power to create beyond means and reason. For me, Film isn't just about sitting down and watching something interesting, film is my imagination, it's my thought process and it's my understanding of the world. Film has provided so many avenues for me that I feel as if I owe it my life. I have benefited greatly from my current course as it has opened my mind to what I am capable of as-well-as what I want to be 'when I grow up', so to speak. Teaching, from the conversations I have had as well as my brief but amazing experience at Plymouth School of Creative Arts is an extremely rewarding profession, what is more rewarding than giving others who you used to sail the same boat as, the confidence I now have to achieve what they want, well, nothing. I find myself to be a very confident person, I absolutely love talking to new people, meeting new people, throwing myself in the deep end and soaking up the pressure like a hot summers day at the beach.
I have spent three years on my current course, where I have seen friendships made, friendships lost, love made and love lost, I picture a classroom of people who coincide with each other, where peace is a myth of the past and is a real practise that happens daily among the people I teach. Overall my dream would be to one day gain the funding and backing to build schools in the lesser privileged parts of the world; Africa, Tanzania, Libya and so on. Art, for me, is a universal language, myself when I delve in to a project I find myself motivated, energetic and happy and when I have that project finished, I feel such a sense of accomplishment. I want to be able to share that feeling worldwide. I want to give the world; Art.
I feel that my Public Services degree that I obtained during my two years at college will also help a great deal as I am fully qualified and trained in the areas of leadership, communication, problem solving and strategies. At first I thought my college degree would be useless to me with my career progression but it appears to be doing nothing but working wonders for me. I may not be joining the Army or the Police Force but certain aspects that I was highly trained in during my time at college will certainly benefit me in all stages of my ambitions.
It is my belief that education is a right which should be available to all, so whether I work for free, or give specialist 1:1 sessions it doesn't matter, I just want to teach. Every time I think of myself stood up teaching I smile, which for me, means a lot. I struggled for a long time to find where I fit in and when I found the idea of teaching, I felt at home and I never want that feeling to go away.
Plymouth University is my ideal place to study, because I know the city, I have lived here most of my life and I'm still just as much in love with Plymouth now as I was as a little boy at 11. Everything from the Barbican to Plympton woods and Burrator Reservoir is all spectacular to me, not to mention how fantastic the actual university establishment itself is. In my three years at Plymouth College of Art, I do, from time to time, come and make use of your library. Every time I step foot in there, the staff are incredibly friendly and all the students there are helpful and polite, I want to be part of that. I didn't want to mention the architecture of the university itself as it seemed cheesy, but you have to admit, the university looks beautiful inside and out. I want to be there, I want to be part of the generation that stood up and said 'you know what, I can do it and I will'.